Vocablet of the Day: Circumvent

Today’s Vocablet looks at the surprising effect of social media sites like Twitter on mass organization and revolution.

The circumvent (Internet Influence) Vocablet is about the way that new revolutionaries, especially young people, are harnessing the power of the Internet to organize and mobilize movements for social change.  Even when governments try to block websites like Twitter, it doesn’t take long for technologically-savvy users to find a way around that obstacle and get their message out there.

However, new reports are emerging that question the real impact of Twitter on recent revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.  While the number of tweets in those countries definitely increased during the revolutions, it’s hard to say exactly what impact they had.  Social movements are murky things.

Related Words: evade, bypass

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